Via the NYT this morning, an inside look into White House nanny tactics for staff:
Michael Strautmanis had no sooner started his White House job as a deputy assistant to the president when his boss began badgering him.
“Am I working out? Am I eating right?” Mr. Strautmanis recalled President Obama asking. “And then he told me that I should use his trainer.”
The very fit president has sent other White House aides to Cornell McClellan, the trainer, a genial master tormenter who is the secret weapon behind Michelle Obama’s famously toned arms and who has overseen both Obamas’ exercise programs for more than a decade.
Mr. Strautmanis made one — and only one — appointment with Mr. McClellan, just to satisfy the president. But Mr. Obama had other plans.
As Mr. Strautmanis walked away from a White House news conference one morning, the president caught up with him and called out, “Strautmanis, Cornell says you’re not showing up for your workouts.”
“And that’s when I knew this was going to be a different experience for me,” said Mr. Strautmanis, who has forsaken cheeseburgers, taken up egg whites and lost 20 pounds since he started twice-weekly sessions with Mr. McClellan in a gym at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
How I knew it would be a different experience for me: my receipts for groceries and gas. Normally I’d say I’ll keep my cheeseburger, thankyouverymuch, but with a pound of lean ground beef higher than a gallon of gasoline, maybe not.
When asked about fuel prices at a RaceTrac service station in Dallas, Shaun DuFresne tapped the screen on the pump, showing he had just spent $90.14 for diesel — at $3.50 a gallon — to fill his 2006 Ford F-250 pickup truck. Then he said something unprintable.
I did, too, once I realized that my quick trip to the store tallied $50.
I’m sure we’ll all lose more weight subsisting on dried beans and walking to the market for our meager rations.
Isn’t that what Michelle wanted in the first place?
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